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The costs of having a new baby are pretty expensive, especially at the beginning. I mean, I’ve always known that but it seems like when you have triplets you just realize it even more. You have to have a new set of clothes about every 3 months. If you decide to formula feed, you have that expense depending on how much your child eats. And then you have diapers.
I remember when the ultrasound tech told us we would have triplets, I thought, “Wow! That’s going to be a lot of diapers!”
Yes, we go through quite a few but it’s not as crazy as the first month they came home from the NICU. I felt like we were changing babies about every 30 minutes all day and night!
The best thing is that we made it to almost 7 months without having to buy diapers thanks to the baby showers we had before they came. Many people brought diapers, which was a huge help. When we had too many of one size, I just took them back and traded them in. Most places will let you do it if you’re trading it in, even if you don’t have the gift receipt.
The Diaper Test
About a month ago, Max had to do a project for one of his college classes. He decided his experiment would be on how much liquid different brands of diapers could hold. At the time, we had Huggies, Pampers & the Target brand in the house and so those were the three he tested.
Disclaimer: I know you probably have a certain brand of diaper you’re partial to for different reasons. This test was only testing the amount of water (urine) the diapers could hold. It did not test the fit or any other factor when it comes to your baby wearing it.
Taking a syringe and filling it up with 10 mL each time, C & Max would squirt it into the diaper.
After each squirt, Max pulled the diaper apart and held it upright to see if the diaper absorbed the water or if it started to leak.
His hypothesis was that Huggies would hold the most water, then Pampers and then the Target brand.
After testing 3 diapers of each kind, using the same method, he found that Huggies could hold about 2 cups of water. What was the most surprising is that each time, the Target brand held more than Pampers!
It’s all interesting but if you know one of those brands don’t work for your baby because he/she is allergic, stick with what you’re using. The trick is in finding diapers that will fit your budget.
Why We Order Online
Ever since we ran out of diapers people gave us, I’ve been ordering diapers online. It’s super easy because I can order during nap time or when I notice our supply is dwindling. This means I’m not waiting for the next time I head to the store and they are usually here within two days.
3 babies + 6-7 diapers/day X 2 days = About 42 diapers
As long as I have that many to last until the shipment arrives, we’re good!
It’s also crazy to see how much cheaper it is online. With automatic coupons you can clip and with discounts for options like subscribe & save, it makes buying that much easier.
I’m not good with coupons because I usually clip them and they sit in my purse until they have some random spots and bits of whatever all over them. Plus, online I don’t have to look for them, the websites usually have them listed there for you!
The Right Price for Diapers
I found this guide here to gauge what a good price for each size will be:
Newborn: 13¢ – 16¢
Size 1: 11¢ – 14¢
Size 2: 14¢ – 16¢
Size 3: 16¢ – 19¢
Size 4: 19¢ – 22¢
Size 5: 22¢ – 26¢
Size 6: 26¢ – 30¢
There are two sites I recommend buying through and I would check out both options each time you need to order your supply:
- Amazon – Yes, I’m sure you’ve heard of it, and probably bought most of your Christmas through this site (this and other sites pretty much made the holiday stress-free!)
Here is a screenshot. The green arrow shows you where to look for the coupon and the purple arrow shows you where you can get the subscribe & save option.
What makes my life easier is that you can now change the quantity of how many you receive per month. If you don’t like the idea of subscribing or worry that you’ll forget to make the change, go with the one-time purchase option. It will still be significantly cheaper than buying diapers from the store.
Or you can go with the subscribe & save and just add a reminder to your calendar to change it the next month. Calendar alerts save my sanity more than I care to admit.
2. Diapers.com – I ordered from them for the first time about two months ago. There was a sale as well as some other coupons and I was able to get 3 boxes of diapers and two boxes of wipe refills for a great price, it was lower than Amazon at the time.
Again, the green arrow shows the coupon as well as the codes you can use to get discounts. The purple arrow shows what the price will be if you use autoshipping.
Before you order:
I might be a little crazy but I like to go to both sites and add the same quantity of items and see what the price comes out to be for both sites.
I think my favorite thing about ordering online is that I can compare prices and find what works for us and our budget. We hope this helps!
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